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Published On: Thu, Nov 8th, 2018

Top 8 Hunting Rangefinder Skills Every Bow Hunter Needs to Know

If you are a deer hunter, you will know the importance of judging the distance to a target. It is also true that judging range is one of the toughest parts for an archer. Even if you use one of the best quality compound bows, you will notice that arrows travel in an arching path. This is why a misjudged range can often result in a miss than any other factor. However, using a rangefinder can help hunters overcome the problem very effectively. The only challenge is the knowledge of using it the right way to get the most out of it.

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8 Advanced Hunting Rangefinder Skills

Here are 8 important advanced rangefinder skills, brought to you by Deer Hunters – Hunting Product Reviews, every archer should know in order to get the most out of such an equipment and bagging a great target.

  1. Know The Modes Like A Master: Laser rangefinders come with several modes and features. Once you buy a good quality laser rangefinder, the next important step for you would be to know the equipment properly. Read the manual and instructions carefully and try to play with it until you know the various functions and modes.
  2. Carry It Around Properly: A major part of making a laser rangefinder an effective tool for hunters is the way you carry it around with you. When you are not planning to use it, the equipment needs to be protected the right way. However, you also need to ensure that it handy and you can easily take it out from your bag whenever needed.
  3. Know About The Various Shortcomings: It is very important for you to understand that laser rangefinders work by “time-of-flight” technology. It throws out a beam and later captures it when it returns after hitting a target. The turnaround time of the beam is converted into yardage by the equipment. Any hurdle in the path of the laser will give you an inaccurate reading.
  4. Range All Clear Landmarks: To deal with the problem discussed above, you have to think in a lateral manner. Try and anticipate where an animal may move and try to place a range at the spot before the arrival of the animal. Areas that have straight and high trunk trees provide the most accurate readings even if the ground is cluttered with vegetation that can easily deflect the laser.
  5. Address The Various Angles: There is a major difference between vertical-compensated ranges and straight lines, which is of great concern for an archer who normally hunt from elevated stands. If you take steep downhill shots, aim for a straight-line range to get proper hits.
  6. Use the Rangefinder to Negotiate Obstacles: Not having to kneel or stoop or lean in order to clear a big or small obstacle while hunting is very rare. Your rangefinder can help you work around such obstacles with ease.
  7. Maintain the Traditional Yardage Judging Skills: It is possible for your laser rangefinder to give you inaccurate readings. Thus, it is important to ensure that your age-old yardage-judging skills are still sharp.
  8. Trust Your Gut Feeling: During times when you find an obvious misreading from your rangefinder, always trust your gut feeling.

Author: DJ Cartledge

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